Autumn’s Adventures


A snail a day will keep your friends at bay
January 14, 2010, 4:05 am
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Today was my last full day in Damelevieres and though was sad to leave I was also excited for the last dinner — but we’ll get to that later.  To start off the day, Nath, Baptiste and I went to Nancy to coat shop for Bapt and then they took me to the Fresh Market to show me where their dad buys all of the food that he makes.  It was so amazing to be there and to see the hundreds of different cheeses in giant blocks.  The exotic fish and the live crabs and other shelled fancies.  The fruit was beautiful and expensive but not as expensive as the truffle mushroom, which costs almost $3,000 USD per kilo and look like baby elephant turds.  Apparently it is very hard to find and people use pigs to sniff it out and dig it out from under trees.  Maybe someday I will try it…

Now onto the dinner!  Both sides of the grandparents came to the dinner so the table was full and excited for this awesome meal.  To start, we had smoked mackerel with lemon followed by foie gras and smoked duck over a bed of spinach and pine nuts.  For the main course it was what I had been waiting for — escargot!  They were in porcelain “shells” to retain heat but normally they are served in their own shells.  The sauce was a parsley and butter sauce which you dipped bread into after you ate the escargot.  I liked it, loved it, wanted more of it. So I did. I ate about a dozen.  For the first dessert, it was none other than, you guessed it – cheese!  After that was the real dessert of gauffre, or powdered waffles.  I brought maple syrup from NY so the family tried some of the waffles with that. Yummy!

To end the night, Nath, Bapt and I played a french game called Yam.  I actually learned how to play this came in Jujuy but I forget what they called it.  Needless to say, I lost at Yam too…

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A snail a day will keep your friends at bay
January 14, 2010, 4:05 am
Filed under: Travel | Tags: , , , , ,

Today was my last full day in Damelevieres and though was sad to leave I was also excited for the last dinner — but we’ll get to that later.  To start off the day, Nath, Baptiste and I went to Nancy to coat shop for Bapt and then they took me to the Fresh Market to show me where their dad buys all of the food that he makes.  It was so amazing to be there and to see the hundreds of different cheeses in giant blocks.  The exotic fish and the live crabs and other shelled fancies.  The fruit was beautiful and expensive but not as expensive as the truffle mushroom, which costs almost $3,000 USD per kilo and look like baby elephant turds.  Apparently it is very hard to find and people use pigs to sniff it out and dig it out from under trees.  Maybe someday I will try it…

Now onto the dinner!  Both sides of the grandparents came to the dinner so the table was full and excited for this awesome meal.  To start, we had smoked mackerel with lemon followed by foie gras and smoked duck over a bed of spinach and pine nuts.  For the main course it was what I had been waiting for — escargot!  They were in porcelain “shells” to retain heat but normally they are served in their own shells.  The sauce was a parsley and butter sauce which you dipped bread into after you ate the escargot.  I liked it, loved it, wanted more of it. So I did. I ate about a dozen.  For the first dessert, it was none other than, you guessed it – cheese!  After that was the real dessert of gauffre, or powdered waffles.  I brought maple syrup from NY so the family tried some of the waffles with that. Yummy!

To end the night, Nath, Bapt and I played a french game called Yam.  I actually learned how to play this came in Jujuy but I forget what they called it.  Needless to say, I lost at Yam too…


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